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Motion-detecting spinning reel pings your phone when the fish bite

Motion-detecting spinning reel...
The Smart Connect reel, with its black electronic module visible on the back
The Smart Connect reel, with its black electronic module visible on the back
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The introductory Tackobox Gold Series Smart Connect reel is now available at North American WalMart stores, and via the company website
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The introductory Tackobox Gold Series Smart Connect reel is now available at North American WalMart stores, and via the company website
The Smart Connect reel, with its black electronic module visible on the back
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The Smart Connect reel, with its black electronic module visible on the back
When a fish strikes, the Smart Connect reel responds by transmitting a Bluetooth signal to the user's Apple or Android smartphone
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When a fish strikes, the Smart Connect reel responds by transmitting a Bluetooth signal to the user's Apple or Android smartphone

It was seven years ago that we first heard about the motion detector-equipped Smartrod, which sounds an alarm when a fish hits the lure. Well, its inventor is now back on our radar, with a spinning reel that alerts anglers via their smartphone.

Known as the Smart Connect, the new reel is the creation of Kansas-based fisherman Ed Hope. It's being marketed through his company, Tackobox, and reportedly works with any rod. The idea is that users will utilize it to cast their lure out into the water, after which they'll leave their gear sitting on its own as they wait for a strike.

As far as basic specs go, the reel features an aluminum spool, a lightweight composite body, a five-bearing anti-reverse mechanism, and a 4.7:1 gear ratio. It also, however, has a detachable rear module that contains a sensor which detects telltale fish-bite vibrations in the rod. That module additionally houses a Bluetooth unit and a USB-rechargeable battery – one charge should be good for a claimed 40 hours of use.

When a fish strikes, the Smart Connect reel responds by transmitting a Bluetooth signal to the user's Apple or Android smartphone. A free app on that phone alerts them through their choice of an audible alarm, a flashing onscreen display, or by vibrating. That app also lets users record the GPS coordinates of catches, plus it can be paired with Bluetooth LED lighting products such as a camp lantern, which will brighten to let users know that a fish is on the line.

A single phone can monitor up to four Smart Connect reels at a time.

When a fish strikes, the Smart Connect reel responds by transmitting a Bluetooth signal to the user's Apple or Android smartphone
When a fish strikes, the Smart Connect reel responds by transmitting a Bluetooth signal to the user's Apple or Android smartphone

The reel's Bluetooth unit is automatically switched off once the line starts getting reeled in, to keep from providing unwanted extra alerts caused by the movement of the fish as it's being landed. Once the fish has been landed, though, pressing a button on the reel powers it up again.

The introductory Tackobox Gold Series Smart Connect reel is now available at North American Walmart stores, and via the company website. It's priced at US$119.

Source: Tackobox

3 comments
Bill Bennett
Good gawd, really?
Doug Lough
Why bother going fishing? If your that lazy that you can’t watch your own pole then you shouldn’t even leave the house. Just check your other app to see when a real fisherman drops your fish off at your home for you. And that other app that gives you notice when your BBQ is done cooking it so you can get out of bed to check.
Fairly Reasoner
So, are you going fishing, or not?